Head of School Weekly Email: Semester Transitions, Extracurricular Program & MLK Holiday
January 14, 2023
On Tuesday, we will begin our third quarter of the school year and a new semester. High schoolers will have an entirely new schedule of classes. Middle schoolers will maintain the same schedule and teachers for most of their day, with just a rotation in their afternoon arts/tech electives.
Drop/Add Period & Course Availability
For students in grades 9-12, the first week of the semester provides a window of time to make schedule changes. The counseling department sent an email (from Tippi Oshoniyi) to HS students and parents on Jan. 11 about course openings. There are a number of interesting electives in the arts and social studies departments that have room for students to join, from psychology and food justice to instrumental music, timber framing, chorus, musical theater (now available as a half block or full block option), and more. Other available courses include Spanish 3, Algebra 2, and Algebra 2 Honors. We encourage students and families to consider their classes carefully and take advantage of all that TA has to offer during the high school years!
Extracurricular Program Update
This is an incredibly busy time of the year for our extracurricular programs, with packed competition schedules for the winter sports teams and the robotics team. The ski team had their first race this past week and now has a race each week for the following month. The basketball teams continue to play 2-3 games each week. The robotics team was in Belmont, NH for a meet yesterday and travels to Conway, NH and Northwood, NH for upcoming back-to-back Saturday meets. We have over 150 students involved in these various programs – that’s nearly 50% of the student body!
Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr
Thanks to our new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Coordinator, Tony Strat-Cortez, for leading our school-wide efforts to remember and honor Martin Luther King, Jr. In advisory next week, students will participate in an activity on the theme of ‘being the change you wish to see in the world.’ The activity asks each student to consider a commitment they want to make that can inspire change – and to document and share that commitment with the school community. We invite you to start the conversation at home as a family over this special holiday weekend, to help support students in their reflection about ways that they already make a positive impact and their commitments for the future. Tony also hosted an engaging game of MLK Jeopardy at assembly last week, and the competition will continue at an upcoming assembly.
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Featured photos: One rep per grade level competed in the first round of MLK Jeopardy in front of a whole school audience, TA’s indoor track team is back with a regular season – including meets! – for the first time in three years. In addition to more traditional pen and paper exams, end-of-semester activities included performances and projects like the sophomore anthology in the MJR Theater and perspective drawing using the TA hallways.